When the weather starts to get cold, it's nice to curl up with a book. If you have young children, it's nice to read with them too. Reading Christmas books at this time of year is a fun activity. The list that I put together has some fun Christmas stories, some heartfelt Christmas stories, and some religious stories as well. I think there is a little bit for everyone included in these 23 books.
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I have included books for children, adult fiction, short stories, and non-fiction. Look through the different categories and find a new book to read.
Christmas Books for Children
Bring the magic of the Christmas season to the lives of those special children in your life.
Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas - This charming book by one of my favorite artists shares celebrating from A to Z
The Nutcracker by ETA Hoffmann - I love this version the best with illustration by Maurice Sendak
Snowmen At Christmas - What do those snowmen do during Christmas time while everyone is sleeping?
The Little Fir Tree - Margaret Wise Brown wrote more than Goodnight Moon. Read this sweet tale about a fir tree that wants to have a purpose
The Polar Express - Share this story of a visit to the North Pole on a magical train
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Pass this fun story along to a new generation
The Gift Giver - A brand new Christmas book released this year by Jacob Haslem and Nick Allen. In this book Santa shares with a small boy how he came to delivers gifts.
The After-Christmas Tree - Family and friends gather to celebrate together and find a use for their Christmas tree.
Away in a Manger - The words of the classic Christmas carol illustrated by Thomas Kinkade. It's a lovely piece of art with the verses of the song.
The Littlest Angel - This little angel is an innocent mischief maker up in Heaven. He is worried that he won't have a gift good enough for the baby Jesus.
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving - Brother and Sister Bear learn that sometimes it is just as nice to give gifts as to receive them
God Gave Us Christmas - A Christmas book to add to the "God Gave Us" series with these sweet polar bears.
Christmas Short Stories
These short stories will help you get into the spirit of the season.
The Gift of the Magi - A touching story about putting someone else before ourselves.
The Greatest Gift - The very short story that inspired the Christmas classic movie "It's A Wonderful Life". This version gives the background how it became the movie we know and love, it actually started out as a message on a Christmas card.
A Christmas Carol - Could any list be complete without the well known tale by Charles Dickens?
Find a new (or forgotten) favorite in these full length books. Prepare with tissues for most of them.
The Forgotten Carols - A nurse gains understanding of the true meaning of Christmas as her patient teaches her about the carols that have been forgotten over time. You are going to want to buy the CD or download the touching songs that go with the book.
Christmas Jars - A human interest story changes the life of a reporter and renews her faith in humanity.
The Christmas Box - The book that started the career of Richard Paul Evans, a story he wrote for his two daughters is loved by many over 20 years later. A touching story about love, hope, and miracles.
Shepherds Abiding - Christmas comes to quaint and charming Mitford. These characters will remind you of many people in your life - regular people going about their daily life.
The Christmas Shoes - Tissues are needed when reading this Christmas book by Donna VanLiere. The other books in the series are just as touching and wonderful too.
Non-Fiction Christmas Books
A true story of a Christmas kindness miracle, and two books to help you focus on the true meaning of the season.
The 13th Gift - A True Story of a Christmas Miracle - Joanne Smith shares her experience of the Random Acts of Kindness that brightened her family's first Christmas without her husband. It's inspiring to see how someone sharing simply acts of love can change the life of another person.
Celebrating A Christ-Centered Christmas - celebrate the season filled with the Spirit of Christ and honor His birth. A closer look at each participant in the Nativity and how you can have the true meaning of Christmas this year.
12-Day Nativity - Christmas activities to keep your family connected with Christ during the holiday season.
There is my list of 23 Christmas books to add to your home collection. I could have listed 50 more, but maybe I will save some for next years list. I hope that you found some book here that you would like to read yourself, read with your family, or share as a gift for someone in your life.
What is your favorite Christmas story to read? Do you have a special one that is a family tradition? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.